A man who raped a child between 1996 and 1999 has been sentenced to 13 years in jail.
Eric Lakidi of Epsom, Surrey, was sentenced at Harrow Crown Court on Friday, June.
He will be added to the sex offenders register for life.
Lakidi raped the child multiple times for three years at residential addresses in Enfield and Barnet.
The victim reported the historic abused to the North London Child Abuse Investigation Team in November 2016.
She gave a detailed account of the incidents that occurred, at times with family members present in the same address.
On 1 June 2021, the sex offender was found guilty of three counts of rape against a child by a unanimous jury after a trial in May.
Acting Detective Sergeant Virginia Condren, the investigating officer, said: “Lakidi took advantage of the trust of a vulnerable child to commit and hide his odious crimes.
“The tenacity and bravery shown by the young woman, in this case, can only be described as admirable.
“Her drive to achieve justice for herself has never faltered. Despite the daunting steps she has gone through to reach this result, she has only ever shown strength and determination to see this through.”
“I can only hope that today is a significant step in her closing the door on the fear and trauma she has experienced and that her courage in coming forward serves as encouragement to others who have also suffered abuse of any kind, current or historical, to have confidence in the police, CPS and the courts to bring these offenders to justice.
“I would also like to commend and thank her siblings for their unwavering support of her through this entire process.”©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.